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Mt. Ishizuchi, Saijo

Mount Ishizuchi is a 1982m mountain on the border of Saijō and Kumakōgen, in Ehime, Japan. This mountain is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan. It is the highest mountain in Western Japan.OutlineMount Ishizuchi is the highest mountain on the island of Shikoku and also the highest mountain west of Mount Haku. It is known as 'the roof of Shikoku' and the sharp, rocky summit resembles a huge stone hammer.Mount Ishizuchi is an important object of worship in this region and one of the major centers of Shugendō, a sect of mixture of Shintoism and Buddhism. At the top of the mountain there is a small shrine called the Ishizuchi Shrine. This mountain is also known as one of Seven Holy Mountains. There are several sets of heavy iron chains leading up to the summit and this is the route many pilgrims opt to take, the longest set being 68m. However, it is possible to hike all the way to the peak along a trail which includes stairs and ramps with handrails.The climbing season opens every year on July 1, and women are forbidden from climbing the mountain on this day. Between mid-October and mid-November, people come from far and wide to view the autumn colours.The area around Mount Ishizuchi is a major part of Ishizuchi Quasi-National Park.Access Sanchōjōju Station of Ishizuchi Ropeway Ishizuchi Tsuchigoya Bus Stop of Iyotetsu Bus
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  • In the table approach route offers Mountain Aerial tramway, nishinokawa, Saijo city, entering from the fulfillment was climbing. Took breaks several times along the way, arrived at ishizuchi shrine Summit, in about three hours. Pleasant weather and the surrounding mountains also looked good. After lunch, to Tengu peak Petit traverse was was great. Is now 5 km before the ropeway station route 12 near collapse and rockfall and has been closed to traffic.
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  • The climb takes 3 hrs. up and 2 hrs down, using the cable car up to 1250 m. At 1980 m you reach the top.  more »
  • That the mountain itself is the object of worship of the ishizuchi shrine, also trained young, Kobo Daishi Kukai, also known as West Japan's highest mountain. Who love climbing the mountain simply by pulling out the faith landscape well definitely recommend mountain.
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